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Paternalism and Energy Efficiency: An Overview

Hunt Allcott

NBER Working Paper No. 20363
Issued in August 2014, Revised in July 2016

---- Acknowledgments ----

I particularly thank Dmitry Taubinsky for helpful feedback and important ideas. I also thank other collaborators on related projects (Michael Greenstone, Chris Knittel, Sendhil Mullainathan, Cass Sunstein, Rich Sweeney, and Nathan Wozny), colleagues including Doug Bernheim, John Beshears, Severin Borenstein, Meghan Busse, Lucas Davis, Stefano DellaVigna, Ken Gillingham, David Laibson, Jim Sallee, Josh Schwartzstein, Dick Thaler, Catherine Wolfram, seminar participants at the Environmental Protection Agency, Princeton, the Harvard “Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Gap” conference, and the 2014 Behavioral Economics Annual Meeting (BEAM), and many others for thoughtful discussions. I am grateful to the Sloan and MacArthur foundations for financial support. Code to replicate the empirical analyses is available from my website. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Hunt Allcott ----

I have no material and relevant financial relationships.

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